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12:16 | 2009-05-06


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Qalenoi Resigns after Esteqlal Loss in AFC Champions League

TEHRAN (FNA)- Esteqlal manager Amir Qalenoi resigned from his post after his squad was knocked out of AFC Champions League following a draw with Al-Ittihad.

Esteqlal had to win its two remaining matches to keep alive its already faint hope of sweeping into the next round. However, the 1-1 home draw left Esteqlal at the bottom of Group C without a single victory out of its five matches.

Qalenoi resigned from his post after the match due to differences with the club's Chief Executive Amir Vaez-Ashtyani. His resignation comes a week after he won Iran's Premier League title with Esteqlal.

Hicham Aboucherouane scored the opener for Al-Ittihad after 80 minutes, eight minutes before Ali Alizadeh gave a brief relief to Esteqlal before 25,000 fans at Tehran's Azadi Stadium, press tv reported.

The victory sent Al-Ittihad to the top of the group with 9 points, 2 points ahead of Qatar's Umm-Salal, which will face UAE's Al Jazira later on Tuesday.

Tuesday matches

Group C
Esteghlal (IRI) 1, Al Ittihad (KSA) 1
Umm-Salal (QAT) vs. Al Jazira (UAE)

Group D
Al Shabab Al Arabi (UAE) vs. Sepahan (IRI)
Ettifaq (KSA) vs. Bunyodkor (UZB)

Group F
FC Seoul (KOR) 5, Sriwijaya (INA) 1

Group G
Kashima Antlers (JPN) 3, Suwon Bluewings (KOR) 0
Singapore Armed Forces FC (SIN) 1, Shanghai Shenhua 1

Group H
Tianjin Teda (CHN) 3, Kawasaki Frontale (JPN) 1
Pohang Steelers (KOR) 3, Central Coast Mariners (AUS) 2